Subject: pkg-config vs. buildlink3
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From: Matthias Drochner <M.Drochner@fz-juelich.de>
Date: 04/20/2005 19:05:28
it seems that either pkgconfig developed some unfortunate
features in the last months, or that some buildlink3 hack
got lost which made pkg-config as needed.
The problem is appearently that pkg-config always searches
the builtin prefix/lib/pkgconfig path for *.pc files, whether
a PKG_CONFIG_PATH is set or not. So "configure" scripts using
pkg-config to detect the presence of optional libraries will
find pkgs which are deliberately not buildlink'd in.
This seems to be the deeper reason of eg PR pkg/30013.
The pkg-config manpage also mentions a PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR
environment variable which would do what we need, just that
that string is only present in documentation, not in code.
What to do here -- hack pkg-config or build a wrapper?